Make no mistake. It would have been a demoralizing loss for the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night at the American Airlines Center.
It’s a four-quarter game. Or at least that’s what everybody preaches. But Tuesday at the AAC, one good quarter was enough to beat the Charlotte Bobcats.
Mavs point guard Devin Harris participated in a full practice on Monday and is targeting a mid-December return.
There is good news for Shawn Marion, highlighted by the way he is performing as the Mavs’ Swiss Army Knife, and of course also involving the work of his 8-4 team. But there is challenging news, too
Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle did his best ‘Gregg Popovich’ impression during Wednesday night’s game against the Rockets.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 19 points in a 105-95 win at the AAC to propel him over Lakers great Jerry West for 16th place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.
Kevin Durant had 23 points and 10 assists, and Russell Westbrook scored 22 points as Oklahoma City pulled away in the second half for a 107-93 victory over Dallas on Wednesday night.
“This was a ball-buster game,’ said coach Rick Carlisle, whose Mavs survived all the ‘busting’ with a 118-109 season-opening win over visiting Atlanta on Wednesday.
In his debut with the Mavs, Ellis silenced the critics, pouring in a game-high 32 points on 11-of-17 shooting as Dallas topped the Hawks 118-102.
Nowitzki has two new guards in his starting lineup for the second straight year. Now the Mavericks have to see if Monta Ellis and Jose Calderon will be better than the pairing of Darren Collison and O.J. Mayo.
To say Carlisle is emphasizing defense is like saying Nowitzki didn’t enjoy a second straight year without a playoff win after leading the franchise to its first championship in 2011.
The Mavs believe they have the makings of a premier two-man game with newcomer Monta Ellis joining Dirk Nowitzki. But they need a third man to run the show – and at Tuesday’s practice they got one of their first long looks at the man for the job.